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Phil Taylor
August 23, 1999
The rockets don't appear likely to grant Scottie Pippen's request to be traded to the Lakers. They've turned down L.A.'s offer of forwards Glen Rice and Robert Horry, partly because they are wary of Rice's contract demands when he becomes a free agent after next season. If Rice isn't part of the deal, making it work under the salary-cap guidelines will be difficult for the Lakers....
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August 23, 1999

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The rockets don't appear likely to grant Scottie Pippen's request to be traded to the Lakers. They've turned down L.A.'s offer of forwards Glen Rice and Robert Horry, partly because they are wary of Rice's contract demands when he becomes a free agent after next season. If Rice isn't part of the deal, making it work under the salary-cap guidelines will be difficult for the Lakers....

Mavericks center Shawn Bradley finally agreed to attend Pete Newell's camp for big men this summer. Despite his coaches' urgings, Bradley had always skipped the week of camp because, he said, he wanted to be with his family in the off-season....

Second-round pick who has been impressive in summer-league play: Nuggets point guard Chris Herren. Second-round pick who's been a disappointment: Hornets forward Lee Nailon, the nation's eighth-leading scorer last season at TCU, who hasn't exactly dazzled Charlotte with his work habits. "I don't think he knows how hard you have to play in the NBA," says Hornets general manager Bob Bass....

The Jazz tried to acquire center Ike Austin from the Magic before he was traded to the Wizards. After Orlando turned down Utah's offer of center Greg Ostertag, the Jazz proposed point guard Howard Eisley, center Greg Foster and a first-round pick, but the Magic still declined. Now that Austin is unavailable, Utah is talking to free-agent center Will Perdue.

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